THOUGHT POLICE: Police Urge Public To Report Anything Which “Feels Like” Hate Crime
South Yorkshire Police Force have launched a campaign against “non-crime hate incidents”, urging the public to report anything “perceived” to be hateful.
The police force issued a statement saying they will not “tolerate” hate, even if that “hate” cannot be proven and is perfectly legal.
In a tweet last night, the force said: “In addition to reporting hate crime, please report non-crime hate incidents, which can include things like offensive or insulting comments, online, in person or in writing.
“Hate will not be tolerated in South Yorkshire. Report it and put a stop to it #HateHurtsSY”
A graphic attached to the tweet read: “Hate crime is an incident or crime, which is perceived to be motivated by prejudice or hostility against a person’s race, faith, disability, sexual orientation or gender identity.”
The tweet has faced criticism from many online users, who argue that police should be investigating and preventing actual crimes which break the law rather than legal “hate incidents”.
In addition to reporting hate crime, please report non-crime hate incidents, which can include things like offensive or insulting comments, online, in person or in writing. Hate will not be tolerated in South Yorkshire. Report it and put a stop to it #HateHurtsSY pic.twitter.com/p2xf6OLoQZ
— SouthYorkshirePolice (@syptweet) September 9, 2018
Users have also expressed concern about the fact that police are investigating anything “perceived to be motivated by prejudice or hostility”, pointing out that many things are “perceived” as hateful even if they are not.
One user wrote: “Great job guys – just glad you’ve dealt with that spate of knife attacks, mass, systematic rape clubs you’ve allowed to foster and those murders wot have been appearing lately they you now have time to chide & threaten us into being nice to each other.”
The force aims to investigate anything which “feels like” a crime, as South Yorkshire Police Force’s website explains: “The Police can only prosecute when the law is broken, but we also want to know about non-crime hate incidents.
“These incidents may not be criminal offences but often can feel like a crime to those affected, and can sometimes escalate to crimes, therefore, we work with partners to try and prevent this from happening.
“Non-crime hate incidents include things such as offensive or insulting comments, online, in person or in writing.”
South Yorkshire Police Force was thrown into controversy in July as Senior Officers were investigated over their failings to tackle the Rotherham rape gang scandal, in which over 1,400 girls suffered horrific abuse.
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